Dmitri Kulev Classical Ballet Academy (DKCBA) was founded in 2006 by Dmitri and Jennifer Kulev, past principal dancers at the Pittsburgh Ballet Theatre. DKCBA focuses on training dancers in the Russian Vaganova method. Under the direction and excellent training of Dmitri and Jennifer, their students soon began to receive numerous awards in various national and international dance competitions.
Today the academy has grown to offer dance training from the pre-ballet to professional level in ballet, modern, tap, jazz, contemporary, character and lyrical genres. Also home to the Orange County Ballet Theater (OCBT), students at DKCBA are given performance opportunities in and around Orange County.
DKCBA provides students with the highest quality instruction, with a commitment to maintain the highest standards of Russian ballet. This training is evident in the many awards the students of DKCBA continue to receive at renowned national and international dance competitions. Students from DKCBA have been accepted to prestigious ballet programs and companies such as the Royal Ballet School, San Francisco Ballet, Pacific Northwest Ballet School, Colorado Ballet (Company), Ballet West, Washington Ballet, Saratoga Summer Dance Intensive, Pittsburgh Ballet Theatre School, Kirov Academy in Washington D.C., American Ballet Theatre, The School of American Ballet (SAB, Company), Harid Conservatory, Houston Ballet, Nashville Ballet (NB2), the Briansky School, Bolshoi Ballet Summer Intensive, Boston Ballet (Company) and Tulsa Ballet (Company). College Dance admission has included Indiana University’s Jacob School of music/ballet, NYU’s Tisch school of Dance, Boston Conservatory, Butler University/Dance, University of Utah/Ballet West, Cincinnati University’s Conservatory of Music, Fordham College’s Ailey/Fordham BFA Program, UC Santa Barbara Theater/Dance Program and UCLA’s World Arts and Culture/Dance, among others.